Some people tote home T-shirts or snow globes from vacations.
Me? I’m prone to do that on occasion, but more often than not, my souvenirs involve food.
I love nothing better than scouring supermarkets or specialty food stores to bring back a real taste of the place I’m visiting.
When I walked into New York’s Eataly last month, I knew I’d hit paradise for edible memorabilia.
The multi-restaurant food emporium brims with the flavors of Italy. Bringing back some of the wondrous gelato, cheeses and specialty beef would be out of the question, of course. But dried pasta was definitely do-able. I scoured the plentiful pasta aisles there to find one that would withstand being shoved into my carry-on without getting badly crushed or crumbled. I hit upon the Alta Valle Scrivia Trofiette ($4.80). The sturdy Ligurian durum wheat pasta is a slender, tightly twisted 1 1/2-inch sliver that has a hand-rolled look to it. Traditionally, it’s tossed with pesto sauce.